Black MBA - Fall 2013 - (Page 14)
In today’s business world, what employers are
looking for and the skills potential employees
have aren’t always matching up. A look inside
what companies want and how some MBA
programs are altering curricula to ensure
students master the “soft skills” that make them
a must-hire. And some tips for you to ensure
that you pick up the skills you need to succeed.
BY SHERYL S. JACKSON
very few weeks the same headlines emerge – even
though large numbers of people are looking for jobs,
employers aren’t always hiring, and not because
they don’t need people, but because the people they’re
finding don’t have the skills they need. According to the
ManpowerGroup’s seventh annual Talent Shortage Survey,
49 percent of U.S. employers are experiencing difficulty filling mission-critical positions within their organizations.
While the study does not focus only on positions that require an MBA degree, the results
provide valuable insight into employers’ needs,
says Gelair Gilson, director of talent and organizational development at the ManpowerGroup.
Because this skills gap is also challenging
employers looking for MBA graduates who are
well-prepared to take on leadership positions.
For example, Gilson notes, technical skills are
critical but 19 percent of employers responding
to the survey said job candidates lacked “soft
skills” required for the job. Specific skills identified by employers included interpersonal skills
as well as flexibility and adaptability.
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